Thomas Earns Fourth ACC Weekly Honor

Terrapin sophomore named Player of the Week for fourth time.

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Sophomore Alyssa Thomas of the sixth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Player of the Week for the fourth time this season the league announced Monday.

Thomas, the ACC's leading scorer, averaged 22.0 points and 15.5 rebounds per game this week as she led Maryland to a third-place ACC finish. Against North Carolina, Thomas finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season.

Against NC State, the Harrisburg, Pa., native scored 22 of her 24 points in the second half and added a career-high 17 rebounds. Thomas finished two points shy of her scoring high and added a career-high four blocks to help the Terrapins win their seventh out of eight. In a 10-minute stretch in the second half, she rattled off 16 straight points to help the Terps keep the lead. It was her third double-double in four games.

Thomas' 17.0 points per game and 17.7 points per game lead the league. She is fifth in the league in rebounds with 8.5 per conference game.

This is Thomas' 11th career weekly honor from the league. She earned seven Rookie of the Week nods last season and was named Player of the Week earlier this season on Nov. 14, Jan. 2, and Jan. 9.

The Terrapins (25-4, 11-4 ACC) will open play in the 35th Annual ACC Women's Basketball Tournament Friday evening at approximately 8 p.m. as the No. 3 seed. They will play either sixth-seeded Virginia or 11th-seeded Boston College, depending on Thursday's result.

All eight games on Thursday and Friday will be broadcast on the league's regional sports network (RSN). The entire tournament can also be seen on ESPN3.

For more information, visit the official site of the 2012 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament at www.theACC.com/SheCanPlay. Fans can also follow the upcoming Tournament games on Twitter at @ACCwbb.

Maryland is ranked No. 6 in both the latest Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Division I Top 25 Coaches' polls.


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